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Bonus room attic walls heat load

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First of all I am 59yr old retired Federal employee. I took HVAC in a trade school 30 years ago. While working a full time job, HVAC was basically side work for me. After a couple years of  residential installs and service work, I transferred into the building maintenance dept. HVAC was 75-80% of my job. We went to several onsite schools for a couple days here and there for the newest HCAV stuff. Keep in mind this is all commercial units we are working on in Federally…

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Added by Anthony Adams on February 12, 2016 at 11:15am — 4 Comments

Utility of a Hardwood Staircase

Everything needs a makeover after a certain time. Your home is one of them.  Sometimes, you overlook something when you give a makeover to your home. The things you might overlook can be important in delivering a finishing touch. When it’s time for a home makeover, we concentrate on painting and wallpapering the house, re-carpeting it or adding some storage space. But, changing the staircase can complete the renovation of your home.

With…

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Added by Alfie Davis on February 12, 2016 at 3:46am — 1 Comment

The Compliance Project

Many of us have been working for decades to push the energy codes toward higher performance. We've had some good success along the way, as state after state adopt more stringent codes. Unfortunately, in many regions we have a long, long way to go. Even in those places where the most stringent codes are in place, execution and enforcement are often weak. And, as for going…

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Added by Chris Dorsi on February 11, 2016 at 12:14pm — 13 Comments

Preparing for Winter: Time for Your Central Heating Check Up

With winter just around the corner, make certain you are not left out in the cold – get your central heating system’s annual check-up now!

Whilst some issues may be obvious to you, others may require a specialist to identify and repair. This is especially important with complex heating systems. It’s also critical that you consider that working on gas appliances without having the correct qualification and certification is illegal; therefore the only option is to contact a…

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Added by Duncan Cumming on February 10, 2016 at 1:42am — No Comments

Give Your False Assumptions a Knockout Punch

By Derek Lauber

We face seemingly unlimited obstacles when trying to manage and grow our businesses.

Some bigger than others. Some more persistent than others, but none the less our job is to navigate these obstacles.

Large or small, some of these obstacles can be more obvious than others, like…

You need a bigger location to continue to grow your company. Or your budget doesn’t allow for investing in staff with a needed skill set.

But what about the…

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Added by Joe Crisara on February 9, 2016 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Top 5 Ways To Waterproof Your Crawl Space

Maintaining a dry crawl space is one of the most important steps a homeowner can take to help prevent costly repairs down the road. A wet crawl space can lead to mold growth, structural wood rot, musty smells, and even foundation failure. These types of problems can also be caused by excessive moisture in a crawl space. Standing water or even excessive moisture in a crawl space can be caused by a few different reasons. During heavy rains water can seep up into the crawl space from the dirt…

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Added by Adam Swain on February 1, 2016 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta?

Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait...What?!?!?

Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it's one of the more difficult climates to design and build in. We get both extremes.

I'm not saying we know what cold is, like all y'all do up yonder in them…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 1, 2016 at 4:03am — 9 Comments

Michigan Energy Auditor Certifications

Starting February 8, 2016, the Michigan Energy Code will adopt the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC) with "amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan." The state will be skipping the 2012 IECC, thereby increasing the energy efficiency requirements of its homes by 10-12%.

Michigan building code

What is the 2015 IECC?

State building codes exist to provide a standard set of guidelines for all builders,…

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Added by Everblue Training on January 28, 2016 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

10 Easy Ways to Winter-Proof your Home!

     Winter brings with it a lot of excitement. Starting from enjoying the warmth of your room and wearing trendy winter wear to playing outside, enjoying the snow and drinking hot beverages etc, you have a lot to look forward to, in winter. However, some small mistakes on your part can ruin…

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Added by SmithWatson on January 22, 2016 at 10:33pm — 1 Comment

Why Fibre Reinforced Plastic or FRP Fans are more popular?

The axial fans are commonly used for offering the required airflow for heat and mass transfer activities in a wide range of industrial processes and equipment's. These include the cooling towers for air conditioning and ventilation, air heat exchangers for numerous chemical procedures, humidifiers in various textile mills and ventilation and exhaust jobs for mining industry to name a few.  All the major domains or industries that contribute a lot in national economy like oil & petroleum…

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Added by karren shaw on January 21, 2016 at 3:11am — No Comments

Axial flow fans – An Overview

A fan is a mechanical device, which produces a stream or flow of air/gas. The fans are used both at residential and commercial spaces serving different purposes. These are often used to move air or gases via ventilating systems. In industries, these are used to force air inside the hot steam boilers and help to reduce the temperature of machines and other equipments. Fans function similar to the compressors, which is relatively at low pressures. These are basically divided as axial and…

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Added by miguel pace on January 20, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Using Stone and Wax for a Perfect Residential Building Enclosure

A Perfect Residential Building Enclosure

Buildings fail. It's a harsh reality, but they do, and for many different reasons. Two pretty common ways are by falling down, and by making the people in them sick. There is a long list of other reasons, but this post is focused on these two.

I am going to…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 19, 2016 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

What cost more energy: Hair dryer or Flat Iron Hair?

Sometimes you wonder that your home electrical bill is costly. Have you ever asked yourself that how much your home appliances such as: the hair dryer, the flat iron hair and so on… consume energy? And what is more expensive, a hair blowing dryer or a flat iron hair?

The answer is the hair dryer, the fact is that one unit of hair dryer is about thirty times costly compared with a hair…

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Added by Eric Johnson on January 17, 2016 at 3:22am — No Comments

The features and benefits of Axial Flow Fans

An Axial fan is basically a kind of compressor that can enhance the air pressure flowing through it. The range of axial flow fans is very wide and it may vary from a low or medium pressure fans to high pressure fans. These fans are used for cooling purposes, by the gardening centres, agriculture and for comfort air engineering work. In axial flow fans the blades force the air in the parallel route to the shaft. It is in direction in which the blades actually rotate.

The design of…

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Added by miguel pace on January 12, 2016 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment

High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment

In graduate school, I chose to focus on the work of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, during a study abroad trip. One of the buildings that stood out, was his …

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 11, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Pvcompare: Democrat Marketplace of Solar PV Panels

Innovate the energy sector is now possible? In a world where digital technologies are revolutionizing all major consumer experiences, it remains questionable whether there is room for innovation in the energy sector. In this context, renewable energy sources are undoubtedly candidates to be the center of innovation.


We at Home Energy Pros we met Davide Zanatta, CEO PVcompare, to…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on January 10, 2016 at 10:20pm — No Comments

The Discreet Charm of Attics and Crawl Spaces

You would be professionally remiss if you did not read “Attics and Crawl Spaces” in this issue. The article by Terry Nordbye is a valuable reminder that home performance problems too often begin in the places that we least want to work on or inspect. Mold, dry rot, and despicable smells emanating…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 7, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Dust Collector Energy Cost

From the view of energy consumption, a dust collector is considered as high energy used. A variety of factors that affects to the electrical consumption of the dust collector system such as: the power of motors, the board timers… The largest part which consumed most energy is electrical load integrated with the fan or blower for air moving.

There are several tips that…

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Added by Eric Johnson on January 6, 2016 at 5:35am — No Comments

The Art of Delegation

How can you create a successful energy audit business that brings you more freedom, time and increases your well being?  It may be surprising to you that success comes less from becoming an expert energy auditor than it does becoming a master of delegation.  By mastering the art of delegation you can have more freedom in your time and escape the rat race of trading time for dollars.  However, delegation is not as easy as it sounds.  The right way to do it actually…

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Added by David Byrnes on January 5, 2016 at 10:45pm — No Comments

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